EPPO Global Database

EPPO Reporting Service no. 10 - 2017 Num. article: 2017/191

Spodoptera frugiperda continues to spread in Africa

In early 2016, outbreaks of Spodoptera frugiperda (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae – EPPO A1 List) were reported for the first time in Africa where high armyworm populations damaging maize (Zea mays) crops have been noticed (EPPO RS 2016/188, 2017/035, 2017/116). Since then, the following African countries have also reported the presence of the pest on their territory: Angola, Central African Republic, Chad, and Congo.


FAO (2017-09-01) Briefing note on FAO actions on fall armyworm in Africa. http://www.fao.org/3/a-bs183e.pdf